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After a 2-year hiatus, the Moto X returns with an all-glass design

Once upon a time, the Moto X[1] was the crown jewel of Motorola’s (and its parent company Lenovo’s[2]) lineup. But that was way back in 2015. Last year’s modular Moto Z[3] shifted the manufacturer’s strategy a bit, and now, Lenovo’s trying to rekindle some of the magic with a refreshed, revamped fourth-gen Moto X4.

Release date and price

Just like its predecessor, the new Moto X4 won’t break the bank.

In the U.S., the Moto X4 costs £400 from Google’s Project Fi[4], Fry’s, B&H, Best Buy, Jet.com, Newegg, Motorola.com, Republic Wireless, and Ting. It’s available for pre-order starting October 19, and ships a week later on October 26. If the prospect of shelling out £400 doesn’t thrill you, though, the Moto X4 is available at a discount — £330 — on Amazon’s Prime Exclusive Phones[5] program.

But there’s a catch: You’ll have to put up with ads on the phone’s lock screen to sign up for Amazon’s £99-a-year Prime membership. In Europe, the Moto X4 is priced at 399 euros (£475) for the 32GB version in eastern Europe, which only slightly more expensive than the Moto X 2015 (£400). All models are available in two colors: sterling blue or super black.

Understated design

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The Moto X4 slots in somewhere between Motorola’s lower-end G range[6] and flagship Z family[7] on Lenovo’s pricing spectrum, and the hardware more or less reflects that.

It’s much slimmer and a lot curvier than its predecessor, with an anodized aluminum unibody that puts its 5.2-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) edge-to-edge screen front and center. But there’s not much else on the front, save a selfie camera optimized for low light and a fingerprint sensor that doubles as a home button. A 3.5mm headphone jack sits next to a SB© USB Type-C charging port on the bottom, and the SIM card slot is at the top.

On the right-hand side is where you’ll find the power button and volume rocker, and on the rear there’s a dual-sensor camera with a dual-LED flash on the all-glass, Gorilla Glass-shielded curved back.

Specs

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The Moto X4’s specs vary a little region-to-region. Every Moto X4 carries Qualcomm’s 630[8] system-on-chip, but the Europe, Latin America, and North American model have 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. The Asia Pacific Moto X4 ups the RAM and storage count to 4GB and 64GB, respectively.

Both Moto X4 models are IP68[9] water- and dust-resistant, though, which means they can be survive in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes. They both sport a 3,000mAh nonremovable battery with support for Motorola’s speedy Turbo Charger. The Moto X4’s dual rear shooter comprises a 12-megapixel main sensor (f/2.0 aperture) and 8-megapixel secondary sensor (f/2.2 aperture), both of which have phase detection autofocus, and the ability to add bokeh-like depth of field effects (a la the iPhone 7’s Portrait Mode).

The 16-megapixel front camera, meanwhile, has an adaptive low-light feature that automatically boosts image brightness and contrast.

Software

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The Moto X4 isn’t all hardware. There’s plenty new in terms of software. A new wireless audio option lets you pair up to four wireless speakers simultaneously. Amazon Alexa[10] seems to be everywhere, these days, and the Moto X4 is no exception.

The AI-powered voice assistant is accessible even when the phone is locked via a voice command. A new Moto Key app logs you into websites requiring passwords on your laptop with a tap of a finger. Quick Screenshot snaps a pic of your phone’s screen when you tap the display with three fingers.

Face Filters, which will be available in a Play Store update on September 26, adds animations to your photos and videos. And Landmark Detection serves up information about objects of interest in your camera’s view. Sadly, it runs Android 7.1 Nougat instead of the latest Android 8.0 Oreo[11].

Update: Added Amazon Exclusive Phones pricing and availability.

References

  1. ^ Moto X (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ Lenovo’s (lenovo.com)
  3. ^ Moto Z (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ Project Fi (fi.google.com)
  5. ^ Prime Exclusive Phones (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ G range (www.digitaltrends.com)
  7. ^ Z family (www.digitaltrends.com)
  8. ^ Qualcomm’s 630 (www.qualcomm.com)
  9. ^ IP68 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  10. ^ Amazon Alexa (www.amazon.com)
  11. ^ Android 8.0 Oreo (www.digitaltrends.com)

Marvel Heroes Omega Loki update preview looks great

Developers Gazillion are keeping the new content coming for Marvel Heroes Omega on console and we’re pleased to say that for the upcoming tie in with the Thor Ragnarok movie, Loki will be playable this week in a new update. We have a preview of that content for you now as of course, Loki has been playable in the PC version of Marvel Heroes Omega for many months so we already know what he is going to be bringing to the table.

For console owners though, this is going to be exciting. Loki is a very versatile character with multiple play styles.

You can decide whether you want to use his magical sword Gram to take on enemies up close and personal, or do your business from afar by making use of Loki’s various spells and illusions as the God of Mischief. You can see some of the abilities in the previews here released by Gazillion recently and you’ll agree that they look fantastic.

As an added treat, you’ll also be able to unlock Loki’s costume from Thor Ragnarok as well which you can see an early preview of below.

Loki will be coming to Marvel Heroes Omega on October 19 in a new PS4 update which will also include Hulk as a new Omega Prestige character. Let us know your thoughts on this and if you will be unlocking Loki straight away! Follow us on Facebook[1], Twitter[2] or Google Plus[3].

Also See: Marvel Heroes Omega: Black Bolt PS4 review, Cosmic Trial Guide[4]

References

  1. ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  2. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  3. ^ Google Plus (plus.google.com)
  4. ^ Marvel Heroes Omega: Black Bolt PS4 review, Cosmic Trial Guide (www.product-reviews.net)

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